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Old 07-22-2013, 05:32 PM   #1
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Renting a bike in Italy?

Going to Italy in September and want to rent a bike and tour the alps. Do you need a special license? We're staying in Torino so Milan would be the closest place to rent a bike. Any advice is appreciated.
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Old 07-23-2013, 09:16 AM   #2
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Going to Italy in September and want to rent a bike and tour the alps. Do you need a special license? We're staying in Torino so Milan would be the closest place to rent a bike. Any advice is appreciated.
Get your International Driving Permit from the AAA (be SURE they annotate it for motorcycle). Nobody will EVER ask to see it, but it's mandatory in Italy & Austria. $15 and two passport pics - either at your local AAA office or by mail.

I've rented 4 times from BiancoBlu in Milano and would rent from Renato again in a heartbeat.

Mototouring is also in Milano, but I have no personal experience with them.

See if you can find a copy of John Hermann's "Motorcycle Journeys Through the Alps..." The latest version adds "and Beyond" to the title. It seems to be out of print, but you may be able to find a copy. An absolutely super book.

From Milano, head to Andermatt in Switzerland (easy half-day ride) and get a room for 3 or 4 days. There's more than enough to give you a thorough overdose of Alpine riding. If you have more time, head for Arabba or Corvara in Badia in the Italian Dolomites and do the same. This is called Saving The Best For Last. And you can drop down on the Autostrada and be back in Milano in half a day.

Come to think about it, I'd do that in reverse order - Dolomites first.

I'm presently in Heidelberg, Germany wrapping up 3 weeks in the hills and heading home on Thursday
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Old 07-23-2013, 12:03 PM   #3
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Old 07-24-2013, 01:54 AM   #4
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Mototouring is also in Milano, but I have no personal experience with them.
I store my bike in Milan with Mototouring; Eligio is a good guy, although I've never rented from him.

One convenient thing is that at least for people that store their bikes with him, he will drop off the bike at the airport, and pick it up from the airport if you want to leave it there. I'm not crazy about Milan, so this way you can skip the city and go straight to the lakes, mountains, etc.
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what is the storage cost out of curiosity?
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what is the storage cost out of curiosity?
I'm pretty sure its 50 euro/month.
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what is the storage cost out of curiosity?
Knopf is $300/year.
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Old 07-28-2013, 08:12 PM   #8
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I've stored with Stefan as well, and he has a nice set up, but I much prefer storing in Italy for two reasons:

1) I think Northern Italy is a more interesting riding destination than Germany; and
2) Storing with Mototouring I get much more riding time in if I fly down for a long weekend. As mentioned, Eligio will drop the bike off at the airport, so within an hour of landing I'm on the bike. With Stefan, I have to fly to Frankfurt, get to Heidelburg, get to his little town, and then do it all in reverse when I leave. Not feasible for the long weekend trips that I usually make.
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...With Stefan, I have to fly to Frankfurt, get to Heidelburg, get to his little town, and then do it all in reverse when I leave.
Not all that hard getting to him - train from airport to Heidelberg Kircheim and a 250 meter walk to his place or take the shuttle door to door.

I do agree with you on the relative interest in riding areas, and taking 2 days out of my riding time to get to and back from the Alps is annoying.
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Not all that hard getting to him - train from airport to Heidelberg Kircheim and a 250 meter walk to his place or take the shuttle door to door.
Sure, it's not that hard, I've done it several times, but it is definitely more time consuming than a five minute shuttle bus ride to airport parking.

But Stefan's place has it own special charms, I'll probably make it back up there at some point.
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Rental Options

This thread is exactly what I've been debating.

I've sent emails out to the following and read a few threads of positive experiences with Mototouring and Biancoblu but was wondering if anyone had anything to warn against or recommend?

Emailed:
rent-a-dream.it
mototouring.com
motorbikerentitaly.com (HP Motorrad)
biancoblu.com

They all seem to offer similar situations but Biancoblu seems to do unlimited KMs compared to the others who all offer none of 250-300km/day included.

Am I missing something?

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Old 09-03-2013, 11:36 PM   #12
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rent-a-dream.it
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biancoblu.com
....are essentially the same.
Interchangeable fleet of bikes.

Here's how things went with BiancoBlue, having booked 18months prior and paid a juicy deposit loooong in advance to secure the bikes we wanted.

http://www.austouring.com/forum/show...2&postcount=22

Since then, we've re-routed each subsequent trip to start /end ex Zuerich, with the bikes coming through MotoMader.
http://www.moto-mader.ch/mader_content/home.php


250-300k's/ day (averaged) are PLENTY in the Alps....you only need more if you try to do too much of it in one bite.
Then kick yourself afterwards for missing most of the good stuff.
It's all tight, sloooow stuff... work on ~40k's/hr actual travelling speed, MAX!
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Old 09-04-2013, 04:19 AM   #13
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250-300k's/ day (averaged) are PLENTY in the Alps....you only need more if you try to do too much of it in one bite.
Then kick yourself afterwards for missing most of the good stuff.
It's all tight, sloooow stuff... work on ~40k's/hr actual travelling speed, MAX!
+1

This was 18 riding days in July. Note that about 8-900kms over 2 of those days were Autobahn and skewed the average somewhat.

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